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Edwardian Britain: Epilogue or New Chapter?
St Paul, MN, April 1998


EDWARDIAN BRITAIN: EPILOGUE OR NEW CHAPTER? Annual Meeting of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association St. Paul, Minnesota April 24-25, 1998
We have become used to talking about an Edwardian period in British history and culture. But is "Edwardian" in fact a useful concept, founded in important differences that separate it from its Victorian predecessor, or does it rather reflect a distinction that is, for all intents and purposes, largely unreal and meaningless? Do scholars who work in the 19th and early 20th centuries feel compelled to preserve the term or not? We seek papers which explore the question of continuity and change between "Victorian" and "Edwardian" Britain in History, Art, Music, Literature, Politics, and Economics. We welcome papers that creatively question the usefulness of taxonomies as interpretive structures as well as papers which reflect upon the major figures, events, and/or issues which give the "period" its characteristic tone. Proposals are due no later than December 15, 1996. Send 250-500 word abstracts to Keith Welsh, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119. You mail e-mail your abstracts directly to